The SPA Analytics and Management Institute (SAMI) was created to further prepare SPA graduate students by sharing practical, cutting-edge skills to work in and lead multidisciplinary teams after graduation. The institute brings leading experts from outside and inside of academia to offer students a variety of skills including mapping, compliance with regulations, creating effective presentations, policy writing for a general audience, media skills, and writing blog posts. SAMI was designed to help students develop an innovative mindset for a changing world.
At a Glance
SAMI offers zero-credit and one-credit classes.
Any combination of three classes will earn you a Certificate in Analytics and Management.
SAMI is open to SPA Master's or Doctoral students.
Current students enrolled in a SAMI course have up to a year after graduation to complete the requirement for the certificate.
All classes are held on the weekends.
SAMI courses and the certificate are great for your resume.
Grades and courses will appear on your transcript.
Jonathan Schwabish is an economist, author, consultant, and sought-after speaker. He also teaches data visualization and presentation skills at American University for the SPA Analytics and Management Institute.
Libby Nelson is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and the news editor of Vox.com. She teaches general audience policy writing for the American University School of Public Affairs Analytics and Management Institute.